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U.N. Relations With Nigeria ‘Intact’ After Dispute Over Army Raid

August 12, 2017

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — The United Nations’ relationship with Nigeria is intact, a U.N. official said on Saturday, despite a military raid on a compound belonging to the international body in the conflict-ridden northeast.

“I am very pleased to report that our relationship of collaboration and trust is intact,” Peter Lundberg, the U.N. deputy humanitarian coordinator for Nigeria, said at a briefing in the northeastern city of Maiduguri.

Friday’s raid had threatened to undermine an already-rocky relationship between Nigeria’s military and the United Nations and other aid organizations.

The army said it was a search for members of Islamist insurgency Boko Haram in Maiduguri, the epicenter of the fight against the militants, in an area of the city that included the U.N. compound.

The army and United Nations still disagree over whether the compound was registered and designated as belonging to the U.N.

A worsening of relations between the U.N. and Nigeria could risk destabilizing efforts to deliver aid to almost seven million people affected by the eight-year conflict with Boko Haram, one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world.

The United Nations on Friday had halted various operations around the northeast, but following reassurances from Nigeria those resumed on Saturday, said Lundberg.

“We are here in support of the government of Nigeria, the United Nations agencies and over 60 non-government organizations,” said Lundberg.

In a separate statement, Ibrahim Attahiru, a commander of Nigeria’s operations against Boko Haram, said the army was not trying to block the United Nations’ activities.

“We will continue to collaborate with the United Nations humanitarian agencies to achieve the goals of the counter-insurgency campaign and other developments to address the humanitarian crisis in the northeast region,” he said.

(Reporting by Ahmed Kingimi in Maiduguri; Writing by Paul Carsten; Editing by Andrew Bolton)

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Nigeria: 3 female Boko Haram terrorists killed — Army Chief of Staff wants Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau apprehended dead or alive

July 23, 2017

Author: Omotayo Yusuf

-The army intensified its attack against Boko Haram terrorists in Borno

-Three female terrorists trying to access a military location were killed

– Some terrorists were also ambushed with their bicycles and food items recovered

Three female Boko Haram terrorists trying to gain access into a military location were neutralised just as the army ambushed some terrorists in a separate operation.

This is coming following a 40-day ultimatum issued by the chief of army staff, Tukur Buratai that Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau should be apprehended dead or alive.

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In a statement issued by Brigadier General Sani Kukasheka Usman who is the spokesperson of the army, he said the attack was carried out on Saturday, July 22. Aftermath of the attack by 3 female terrorists in Borno.

“Troops of 103 Battalion, Operation LAFIYA DOLE, on Saturday 22nd July 2017 neutralized 3 female suicide bombers trying to infiltrate their location in the morning at Kawuri, Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.

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“The female suicide bombers who were on obvious mission of committing mayhem, where spotted by a vigilant sentry while they were trying to access the military location. They were however challenged severally and continued advancing, declining several warnings to stop. Consequently, the troops neutralized them instantly.

The remains of the suicide bombers have since been evacuated from the location. Bicycles were recovered from terrorists by the army.

“The general public is please requested to continue to support troops of Operation Lafiya Dole and report any suspicious movements of persons to the military or security agencies.”

Also, some terrorists were also ambushed in a separate attack in Mayanti village with one of them killed while the rest sustained injuries.

“The troops of 151 Battalion, 21 Brigade Nigerian Army, on Operation LAFIYA DOLE, today, Saturday 22nd July 2017, ambushed Boko Haram terrorists at Mayanti village while on patrol along Mayanti- Banki Junction road.

“The troops neutralized 1 of the terrorists, while others sustained gun shot wounds. “They recovered 10 Bicycles, 9 bags of flour, 9 sachets of yeast, 2 bags of groundnut, packets of Maggi, a carton of detergent, 23 bottles of groundnut oil. Others include palm oil, a wrist watch, 50 sachets of salt, assorted drugs, 16 torchlights, 29 packs of cold patch and cash sum of Two thousand, Two hundred and Sixty-Six Naira.”

Meanwhile, the Nigerian military attributed the mistake bombing at an internally displaced persons camp in Rann, Borno state to lack of appropriate markings. In a statement released by the Defence Headquarters on Saturday, July 23, on the bombing and two major issues in the force, the military said boards of inquiries were constituted. The DHQ in its statement said it was provided with the reports of all the boards constituted, to investigate the various incidents.

Read more: https://www.naij.com/1116390-3-female-boko-haram-terrorists-killed-attack-photos.html

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Nigerian army orders troops to capture Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, within 40 days

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The Nigerian Army has given its troops an ultimatum to capture Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, handed down the order on Friday to the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Ibrahim Attahiru, according to a statement issued by the spokesperson of the army, Sani Usman.

Mr. Buratai, a lieutenant general, said the Boko Haram leader must be captured dead or alive within 40 days, the statement said, adding that Mr. Attahiru, a major general, was directed to employ every weapon available in his arsenal “to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria”.

“The general public is pleased requested to also assist and volunteer information that would lead to the accomplishment of this task,” the army spokesperson said in the statement.

The military had several times in the past claimed it had killed Mr. Shekau, only for the Boko Haram leader to later show up in videos mocking either the military or the nation’s top officials.

On August 23, 2016, Mr. Sani himself had issued a statement announcing that Mr. Shekau was inflicted with “fatal injury” in a major air strike on Boko Haram’s location in the dreaded Sambisa Forest.

Mr. Sani, a brigadier general, said at the time that the bombardment was carried out while Mr. Shekau was leading his group in performing the Friday prayers at a secret location called Tayye in the heart of the vast forest.

The military had by that time too repeatedly claimed credit for killing Mr. Shekau. But the sect denounced the claims each time saying its leader remained alive.

The military however insisted that the original Abubakar Shekau had long been killed, and that the so-called Abubakar Shekau said to be alive was a made-up character.

On March 28 this year, the Minister of Defence, Mansur Dan-Ali, had a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, after which he reassured Nigerians that the army would soon apprehend Mr. Shekau.

“If you have had the opportunity to go to Sambisa (forest in Borno), you will know that Boko Haram has been defeated, go and see what is happening in Sambisa.

“We have dominated the whole stronghold where they used to be, there is where we call ‘camp zairo’ where their spiritual and their strong headquarters that they were using as communication base was destroyed and as at the same time occupied by our men of the armed forces.

“So, I believe it’s just a matter of time, it took America about seven to 10 years to get Bin Laden so we will get Shekau as soon as possible.

“I told you before now, the spiritual headquarters has been ransacked and vandalized. He (Shekau) is on the run, so he may be hiding in one of the enclaves of Sambisa forest that we are dominating.

“We have opened up the place; we are using it as a training area whereby the army engineers will open roads. We shall be patrolling and be ransacking that forest for the whereabouts of Shekau,’’ he said.